Coronavirus crisis forces sportspersons to contemplate playing behind closed doors while chess and poker go online
The coronavirus pandemic has pushed hyperactive sportspeople, used to living out of suitcases, to grapple with adjusting to the new normal, which is to stay at home and maintain fitness.
Dubai Tennis Championships: World No 1 Novak Djokovic beats Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets to win title for fifth time
After saving match points to reach the final, top-ranked Novak Djokovic was scarcely troubled as he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday to win the Dubai Championships for the fifth time.
Dubai Tennis Championships: Novak Djokovic saves three match points to beat Gael Monfils in semi-final
World No 1 Novak Djokovic saved three match points to beat France’s Gael Monfils 2-6, 7-6(8), 6-1 on Friday as he set up a final showdown at the Dubai Open with Greek second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Dubai Tennis Championships: Novak Djokovic bolts into semi-finals; Stefanos Tsitsipas comes from set down to beat Jan-Lennard Struff
In all, Djokovic sent down 19 winners to Khachanov’s nine, won 89% of his first serve points, nine of 11 forays to the net, and wrapped up the one-sided affair in just 66 minutes.
Dubai Tennis Championships: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas reach quarter-finals with easy wins
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic beat German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-1 on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals of the Dubai Championships and remain unbeaten in 2020.
Rotterdam Open 2020: Gael Monfils extends his indoor mastery while Felix Auger-Aliassime continues to stumble at last hurdle
The complaint with Monfils has always been that we either see too much of him, or too little. But now he is playing consistently good tennis for weeks on end, while also throwing in his usual acrobatic flair to keep the highlight reels churning.
Monfils converted four out of 11 break points as he denied his 19-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime a maiden ATP title.
Rotterdam Open 2020: Defending champion Gael Monfils beats Dan Evans in straight sets to advance to semi-finals
Monfils will meet Serb Filip Krajinovic or Russian seventh seed Andrey Rublev, while Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta faces Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime in the other semi-final
Rotterdam Open 2020: Unseeded Slovenian Aljaz Bedene upsets World No 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets to book quarter-final spot
Russian Andrey Rublev continued his impressive form with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Alexander Bublik to extend his win record in 2020 to 13-1
Rotterdam Open 2020: Vasek Pospisil stuns World No 5 Daniil Medvedev in 1st round; Gael Monfils begins title defence with easy win
Pospisil, who continues a fine run of form having reached the final at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier last week, managed to save five of six break points while converting three of his own en route to a huge upset.
Maharashtra Open 2020: Indian tournaments should pursue high-ranked players 'aggressively,' says ATP Executive Vice-President Alison Lee
Alison Lee, Executive Vice-President of the ATP International Group that looks after the business affairs in Australia, Asia, Middle East, Russia and Africa, believes it is also because the organisers were not aggressive enough in signing up higher-ranked players
A couple of Super Over victories would certainly help deal with BSOS (Black Caps Super Over Syndrome), that is likely to rear its ugly head once again.
Australian Open 2020: Rafael Nadal overcomes Nick Kyrgios challenge in four sets; Alexander Zverev enters quarter-final
Rafael Nadal has beaten Aussie hope Nick Kyrgios in four sets to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam tournament for the 41st time.
Australian Open 2020: Rafael Nadal keeps it simple to avoid blip, Gael Monfils sets up clash with Dominic Thiem
Nadal explained, after beating fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 on a warm Saturday afternoon, how he couldn't sleep until after Federer had clinched a fifth-set super tiebreaker on Friday night
Monfils said he was motivated because he didn't want to let down Gilles Simon, who is nominated as a player-captain for France.
Davis Cup 2019: Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert give France win over Japan; Argentina brush aside Chile
Two days after clinching the doubles title in the ATP Finals, French duo Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut gave France an opening win in the Davis Cup Finals.
Next Gen ATP Finals: Champion Jannik Sinner punctuates breakout 2019 with a performance that belies his age
Jannik Sinner's journey has been the most meteoric of meteoric rises so far. Six years ago he wasn't even a full-time tennis player, and today he is on the cusp of challenging for the big titles in the sport.
Next Gen ATP Finals: Italian wildcard Jannik Sinner basking in spotlight after defeating Australia's Alex de Minaur
Italian teenager Jannik Sinner admitted he felt like Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal as he basked in the spotlight after defeating top-seed Australian Alex de Minaur in straight sets to win the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan
Paris Masters 2019: Denis Shapovalov says he'll find ways to return better on serve after loss against World No 1 Novak Djokovic
Canadian rising star Denis Shapovalov said he 'wants to be beating guys' like Novak Djokovic and that 'it doesn't stop here' after losing to the world number one on Sunday's Paris Masters final
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, fighting it out for the year-end world number one spot, edged closer to a possible Paris Masters final clash as both eased into the last four on Friday